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living and dying through coöperation

Threat of group extinction sparks coöperation

"No one is absolutly self-sufficient. Human survival depends upon mutual coöperation."

"Coöperation, not competition, is the primary basis of life and the primary engine of evolution."
Charles Eisenstein

"We disassociated the source of our financial benefits from what we saw happening around us that we knew was wrong." - Catherine Austin Fitts

"We are in the midst of a crash course in economic inter-connectedness."
- Episcopal Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori July 12, 2009

"Society itself may be defined as nothing else but the combination of individuals for cooperative effort. Without social coöperation man could not achieve the barest fraction of the ends and satisfactions that he has achieved with it. The realm of economic coöperation occupies a far larger part of our daily lives than most of us are commonly aware of, or even willing to admit. Marriage and family are, among other things, a form not only of biological but of economic coöperation." - Henry Hazlitt

"Man has almost constant occasion for the help of his brethren, and it is vain for him to expect it from their benevolence only. He will be more likely to prevail if he can interest their self-love in his favor, and show them that it is for their own advantage to do for him what he requires of them." - Adam Smith

"Economic freedom is an essential requisite for political freedom. Enabling people to coöperate with one another without coercion or central direction reduces the area over which political power is exercised." – Milton Friedman economist, Riksbank Prize

Coöperation is the process of groups of organisms working or acting together for common or mutual benefit, as opposed to working in competition for selfish benefit.

Many animal and plant species coöperate both with other members of their own species and with members of other species (symbiosis or mutualism).

Devotion to the corporate fiat-money credit-based economic system has enshrined all the disadvantages and none of the advantages of democracy.

Government is now based on dissent, in which delay is a common tactic.

Secrecy is regularly employed so failures seldomn come to light.

Corruption is ubiquitous in societies permeated by immorality.

The current corporate fiat-money credit-based economic system institutionalizes immorality diffusing it throughout society.

The popular conception of the American economic system is this: individuals, acting in their own self-interest as economic agents, engage in economic activities that bring them the greatest financial rewards thereby maximizing the economic well-being of society as a whole.

Experience does not validate this view.

Congressmen defend the morality of their actions by appealing to this prevailing popular conception. Congressmen are doing exactly as popular conception recommends - just like businessmen and criminals.

The result is common moral values are dismissed as irrelevant and society sinks into immorality.

An immoral economic system compels the moral decline of a culture.

Such declines are predictable, systemic and not accidental.

The intellectual and moral failures of the corporatists and the current corporate fiat-money credit-based economic system reflect the ideological failure of the economics of corporatism and the credit-based monetary system.

The inadequate and shoddy economic arguments of corporatist ideologues parallels the bankruptcy of the military-industrial-entertainment social cultural system in which they are embedded.

Told endlessly civilization is dependent on keeping in check violent tendencies renacted on television screens and reported in newspapers daily its seems odd that the truth is humans are becoming less violent.

Recent evidence about violence among animal species, such as the chimpanzee, and among hunter-gatherer and early agricultural societies shows that mankind has undergone a remarkable pacifist revolution in the last 10 millenniums.

Humans are unique among species in their elaborate spreading of labor among strangers.

Unlike that other uniquely human attribute, language, our ability to coöperate with strangers did not evolve gradually during prehistory.

Only 10,000 years ago - a blink of an eye in evolutionary time - humans still hunted in family bands and were suspicious of strangers, fighting those they could not flee.

They were only cautiously beginning to accept the rudiments of trade.

Yet today, we live and work among strangers and depend upon millions more. What has made this possible?

The answer is both institutional and psychological.

Once people adopted a farming lifestyle they could no longer flee unwelcome strangers, people were forced to develop the institutions that now sustain coöperation between strangers - trade agreements, markets and law.

Humans could do so because of two psychological mechanisms:

Firstly, a capacity for rational calculation of the costs and benefits of coöperation;

Secondly, tendency for reciprocity, willingness to repay kindness with kindness and betrayal with wrath.

Although neither emotional condition initially came into being to help individuals deal with strangers both allowed people to do so, once strangers became an inescapable fact of life.

In many hunter-gatherer and early agricultural societies archeological evidence suggest that up to 40% of deaths may have been because of violence.

The worldwide average rate of violent death (a little over 1% of all deaths) is almost certainly as low as it has ever been.

The deadliest violence is perpetrated not by individuals but by groups - gangs, armies, terrorist networks like NATO.

Human coöperation is a double-edged sword.

Not only is it the foundation of social trust, it also makes for the most successful acts of aggression between groups.

Like chimpanzees, though with more lethal refinement, human beings harness altruism, solidarity and the skills of rational reflection in pursuit of warfare.

Industrialization, networking, information technology and human capital dramatically increase human efficiency at making war.

"Where is the moral outrage in this nation? Will it all end, finally, when there is only Walmart and McDonalds left and there is no one who can afford its product except those who stole all the money? These plutocrats should all be known for what they are - traitors. "- Michael Boshears, March 2005

To work in high finance one has to divorce oneself from the reality of the human suffering that is caused directly by the funneling of the fruits of wage labor into paying for the right to use the fungible assets forged through a few strokes on a computer keyboard and registered in the financial system's database.

Morality must be checked at the door much as the Pharisees checked their morality at the temple door when they allowed the soulless money changers to set up their financial operations in the temple.

One can serve Mammon or the Creator and Sustainer.

Serving the Creator and Sustainer is defined by living life naturally in harmony with the Earth while elevating the needs of life above the acquisition of material possessions.

It is no wonder that all that is good in a human - charity, compassion, empathy - is suppressed by the elevation of all that is evil - pride, greed and lust.

Each individual human has the basic human right to the basic necessities of life but no one has the right to more resorces than he or she can use.

The man or woman that controls an inordinate amount of resources has become spiritually corrupt and has very little chance of finding communion with the Creator and living life in communion with the Creator.

Those that accept and support tyranny over the lives of others are as much to blame as those that commit tyrannical acts.

"The concept of "us" and "them" is no longer relevant, as our neighbors' interests are ours as well. Caring for our neighbors interests is essentially caring for our own future." - Tenzin Gyatso

"A wealthy man has as much chance of reaching heaven as a camel has in passing through the eye of a needle."- Jesus the Tannaim


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